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City’s Enkanini South TRA project progressing<p>​</p><span><p>Rapid growth of informal settlements and unlawful occupation of land are some of the developmental challenges facing the City. Increasingly, informal settlements, specifically those without services, are considered high risk areas with regard to health issues, as has been highlighted by COVID-19. Accordingly, the City is taking measures to allow for the creation of healthier spaces within some of its informal settlements. The site is also being constructed to house people who have unlawfully occupied land intended for development in the greater Enkanini area. It is essential that the land be cleared so the development may continue.</p><p>The first phase, which is currently under way, is expected to yield 400 housing opportunities and additional opportunities will be made available as statutory approvals are approved for the balance of the land.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/enkekani1.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>This project will especially benefit the greater Enkanini Upgrade of Informal Settlements Project (UISP) which will see incremental upgrading to the benefit of approximately 11 000 households over the next eight years. These sites will have sewer and water connections on a one-on-one basis, black-top roads and stormwater services.</p><p>The Enkanini UISP project is expected to be completed by mid-2028, if all goes according to plan. Statutory planning studies, processes and approvals are currently being carried out by the City’s Informal Settlements Department.</p><p>Rapid growth of informal settlements and unlawful occupation of land are some of the developmental challenges facing the City. Increasingly, informal settlements, specifically those without services primarily due to recent illegal occupations, are considered high risk areas with regard to health issues, as has been highlighted by COVID-19. Accordingly, the City is taking measures to allow for the creation of healthier spaces within some of its informal settlements.</p><p>‘Our Enkanini South TRA project is in line with the City’s commitment of bringing greater formality to informal settlements where it is possible to do so; to create healthier spaces, to mainstream basic services provision and to improve the lives of its most vulnerable residents amid rapid urbanisation. </p><p>‘It is important that all involved continue to support this project and that the best interests of the residents are prioritised. We are not going to address the extreme accommodation need in Cape Town, and in the rest of South Africa for that matter, by focusing only on one type of housing delivery. We are going to have to be innovative and continue to drive the upgrade of informal settlements where it is possible to do so. A mindset shift must happen across our communities, one involving the move away from the expectation of formal State-supplied subsidy housing only.</p><p>‘We must bring our communities on board with the alternatives that are on offer. Upgrade projects are steeped in the idea of partnerships and innovation. This is also why we take a zero tolerance approach to the ongoing scourge of violent and coordinated unlawful occupations which we can see taking place across the metro. We will continue to protect our projects as much as possible and to prevent further unplanned settlements from being created, more often than not in fire and flood-prone areas which are unsuitable for housing. We have also seen the establishment of the so-called Empolweni site which is actually on a bulk services line that is supposed to provide services for the growth of the Enkanini area. Unlawful occupations are hurting us all and it stops the progress we are trying to make. Thank you to the community and to our dedicated Informal Settlements Department staff for all they do to assist our most vulnerable residents,’ said Councillor Booi.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/enkekani2.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>The City’s Human Settlements Directorate spent 98% of its Urban Settlements Development Grant capital budget for housing opportunities in the 2019/20 financial year despite the greatly negative COVID-19 and lockdown regulations’ impact on its programmes and operations. This illustrates the City is able to deliver on State projects as earmarked, but the need is pronounced and a new, whole-of-society approach is required to address the profound need for affordable accommodation in Cape Town as in many cities across South Africa.</p><p><strong>Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:</strong><br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-02-17T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#a83e4cc6-6869-4ccb-a6ef-366f36e76fb8;L0|#0a83e4cc6-6869-4ccb-a6ef-366f36e76fb8|Informal settlement;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#cee98527-2114-4029-8173-aee474e6c8a5;L0|#0cee98527-2114-4029-8173-aee474e6c8a5|land invasion;GP0|#612315cc-1830-4820-aca6-13dd93e68a2d;L0|#0612315cc-1830-4820-aca6-13dd93e68a2d|housing allocation policy10

 

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